Water Development Centre

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Driving innovation in water treatment

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Our Water Development Centre is Scotland’s first full-scale test facility dedicated to supporting innovation in water treatment. Transformed from a membrane Water Treatment Works, the centre benefits from varied raw water quality that is typical to many rural areas in Scotland and beyond.

As the facility is no longer on the distribution network, researchers and innovators have a unique opportunity to test, prove and develop prototype products and technologies under live conditions without risk to drinking water quality or the environment.

Already we have worked with a number of industry suppliers as well as start-ups who are new to the sector to aid commercialisation of new technology into the market place. We’re also working with a number of academic institutions to enabling pilot-scale research, whilst helping students gain hand-on industrial and practical work experience.

Located in Gorthleck near Inverness, our centre benefits from modern welfare facilities, a laboratory area and four test bays each with dedicated feeds of varied water quality, water post filtration, drainage discharge points and power supplies.

Supported by specialist technical expertise and access to UKAS accredited sampling and analysis services, the centre can be hired out at bespoke commercial rates.

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  • "This testing has allowed us to expand the working range of our product, meaning that we can apply it to a broader range of water management applications."

    Dr Daniel Jarman, Hydro International
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